Stuffy / Runny Nose Relief

Cold and Flu Symptoms

A stuffy, runny nose is the quintessential cold and flu symptom, and it’s often the first to strike. In fact, nasal congestion seems to be the catalyst for a number of different cold and flu symptoms, from sore throats to headaches.

Why do we get stuffy noses when we’re sick?

The ‘stuffed-up’ feeling you experience when you’re sick is a result of irritated nasal passages that become inflamed. Your immune system responds to a cold or flu virus by overproducing mucus as a way of flushing out the infection. This mucus can build up causing pain and swelling in the sinuses which may cause sinus headaches and/or contribute to post nasal drip – a common culprit in many sore throats.

Nasal congestion with a runny nose can also be accompanied by frequent sneezing. Like the overproduction of mucus, sneezing is the body’s attempt to rid itself of a perceived irritant by stimulating the nasal nerves. Note that sneezing is a common symptom of a cold, but is not usually present with a flu virus.

Fight a stuffy, runny nose with Contac® Cold + Flu


A cold or flu virus attacks on multiple levels, and nasal congestion and a runny nose are just a few of the symptoms of this battle.

That’s why a maximum strength, multi-symptom OTC medication like Contac® Cold + Flu Night is so effective at relieving your most bothersome symptoms. The unique combination of a decongestant and an anti-histamine in Contac® Cold + Flu Night can effectively control your nasal congestion and runny nose in a single dose.

In addition to taking Contac® Cold + Flu as directed, you can help treat nasal congestion or a runny nose with the following at-home techniques:

  • Drink lots of fluids to thin out your mucus.
  • Use a humidifier or vaporizer, or carefully breathe in steam from a pot on the stove.
  • Use warm compresses on your face to relieve discomfort and open your nasal passages.
  • Keep your head elevated while sleeping to facilitate draining and make breathing more comfortable.

The next time experience nasal congestion and a runny nose, those telltale symptoms of a cold or flu, reach for multi-symptom Contac® Cold + Flu.


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